The Balsillie Papers provides clear, concise, peer-reviewed articles about today’s most complex issues in global governance and international affairs.


The Downstream Implications of the EU-China Investment Agreement: Lessons from Trade

The omissions contained in the design of the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) have important strategic consequences, and hence, the EU should refrain from proceeding fully with this agreement until more questions are answered.



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Levels of Arctic Geopolitics

Andreas Østhagen
The notion of geopolitical conflict in the Arctic continues to make media headlines. Today, this focus has shifted to concerns about the strategic positioning of, and increased tension between, NATO countries and Russia, with a dash of Chinese interests on top.

Shadows of Empire: Hard Brexit, Commonwealth Revival, and UK-Canada Relations

Benjamin Martill
Even though a harder Brexit is being undertaken in the name of improved relations with the Commonwealth and Anglosphere, the risks of Brexit for Ottawa far outweigh the potential advantages.
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National Security in a Rapidly Changing World

Simon Dalby
The difficulties many states are having in dealing with both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency suggests that contemporary security institutions have not been adequately prepared to deal with the novel circumstances of the twenty first century.